Angelo Jimenez is 22nd UP president

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 09 2022 04:36 PM | Updated as of Dec 09 2022 05:13 PM

Atty. Angelo Jimenez speaks at the forum, The Search for the Next University of the Philippines (UP) President, at the Cine Adarna, UPFI Film Center in UP Diliman, Quezon City on November 11, 2022. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file
Atty. Angelo Jimenez speaks at the forum, The Search for the Next University of the Philippines (UP) President, at the Cine Adarna, UPFI Film Center in UP Diliman, Quezon City on November 11, 2022. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA (UPDATED) — Former regent Angelo Jimenez has been elected as the new UP president, student regent Siegfred Severino announced Friday.

Jimenez will replace outgoing University of the Philippines President Danilo Concepcion, whose six-year term is set to end on Feb. 9, 2023.

Jimenez will become the 22nd president of the country's premier state university.

Jimenez, an expert on Philippine overseas labor issues and global migration, served with distinction in the Department of Labor and Employment and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. 

He received 2 presidential citations for his efforts in safeguarding overseas Filipino workers or OFWs in Middle East flashpoints, including Kuwait and Iraq. He has also served as labor attaché in Japan. Appointed by former President Rodrigo Duterte, he served as a UP Regent from November 2017 to July 2021.

Jimenez is also an opinion writer on news.abs-cbn.com.

The UP Board of Regents (BOR), UP's highest policy-making body, selected Jimenez over 5 other nominees, according to the Philippine Collegian, the University of the Philippines Diliman's official student paper. 

The UP BOR is led by Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Prospero de Vera.

The Philippine Collegian and other student groups, in a rare move, endorsed chancellor Fidel Nemenzo for the university president position.

UP Diliman Student Council Chairperson Latrell Felix earlier said the selection of the next UP president was "crucial" because it would "reflect how the university will proceed in the next six years."

"Students' education and democratic rights are at stake," she said, noting how members of the UP community have faced red-tagging and other security threats in recent years.

In a Facebook post, Jimenez thanked the UP BOR for giving him the opportunity to again serve the university.

"I realized that I am the first Student Regent to be given the honor of serving as the University's President," he said. "I hope to uphold the virtues we hold dear—honor and excellence, giting at tapang—and, more importantly, apply these to the benefit of the Filipino people and the world."

Following Jimenez's election, student groups holding demonstrations at UP Diliman's Quezon Hall urged him to face them and answer their demands.

"I shall serve you in all humility," Jimenez said in his Facebook post addressing the UP community.

"Let us work so that together we can unlock the limitless resource that is the Iskolar ng Bayan. Together we shall Serve the People," he added.

—with reports from Arra Perez and Jaehwa Bernardo, ABS-CBN News